MISERY AND MURDER in Mother’s land

MISERY AND MURDER in Mother’s land

Travelling through time and space through someone else’s narrative can at times be more meaningful than a physical journey. Ajaz A Baba revisits a book on Kashmir published 135 years ago and looks through the eyes of the book’s author at the tragedies and travails Kashmiris have suffered It so happens at times that a […]

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DISCORDANT NOTES

DISCORDANT NOTES

They marry, they fall in love, they have kids, they have a happy family and they live happily ever after. This is how the usual line goes. But, is that for real? When I stepped into Kashmir’s only women’s police station I saw an entirely different world. A shocking, harsh and bitter reality of the […]

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Manufacturing a visionary

Manufacturing a visionary

Acting snobbish after having watched a lot of western art movies, I once superciliously dismissed Bollywood as trash. A very wise friend, a maven of many disciplines, cinema among them, corrected me saying that Bollywood movies were an altogether different genre that should not be judged by the analyses one would apply while appreciating the […]

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Nasir Mirza Journalism teacher There are many grey shades in this respect. Mufti’s image was severely dented when he joined hands with BJP. It was like the North Pole joining the South Pole. Power is not the final objective of great leaders. His long cherished dream to be the Chief Minister was not only short […]

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‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

I see Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a very mature and seasoned politician. He conducted politics with ethics and on his own terms. He belonged to that class of politicians for whom politics was a passion rather than a profession. In his individual life as well as political life, honesty was the buzzword. Even after being […]

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From periphery to mainland India

From periphery to mainland India

It’s just the chicken coming home to roost India’s writers, artists, scientists, historians, film-makers, academics and members of civil society have rightfully condemned the creeping climate of violence, prejudice and intolerance sweeping across the country. Such protests are a moral and ethical force amidst a deepening darkness. Extraordinary as the protests are, their focus is […]

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